Grim Dawn: Death Knight Build Guides
From a personal note, I really love Death Knight because of one very simple reason. The name itself is epic. Yup, I know it sounds silly. But that is the primary reason why Death Knight is my personal favorite mastery.
Enough of my sillyness. For those who are not yet aware, Death Knight is a mastery combination of Soldier and Necromancer. There are lots of possible customization for this mastery, but the build variants in this article will let you finish ultimate difficulty including hard to defeat hidden bosses.
Speed Leveling Build
Before anything else, you should build your Death Knight first for speed leveling. Using this speed level build will let you reach level 50 in 3 to 5 hours (expert players can do it around 2 hours), saving yourself a lot of time.
Proceeding with the build, pick necromancer first and max out Raise Skeletons, Undead Legion, and Will of the Crypt. Then equip a two-handed melee weapon, learn Forcewave with Tremor until Rendering Force only. Having a max out Squad Tactics from Field Command (just put single point on field command) is also recommended for overall increase in your damage output. Until you reach level 50, the last skill that you are going to learn is Summon Blight Fiend from necromancer.
Regarding Devotions, the primary choice is Fiend with attach Flame Torrent to Raise Skeletons.
Finally, once you reach level 50, it’s time for you to choose which build below suited your playstyle.
Krieg’s Aether Tank Death Knight Build
From the name itself, this build invest more on survivability, but it doesn’t mean that it cannot dish out good amount of damage. This build’s primary damage is Aether with Physical as secondary. That’s why the build’s offensive skills like Cadence, Blitz, and Forcewave are mostly converted to Aether damage type.
Physique – 55 Points
Cunning – 20 Points
Spirit – 30 Points
Mastery Bar (50 Points)
Cadence (16 Points)
Blitz (16 Points)
Forcewave (12 Points) – Rending Force (1 Point)
Warcry (12 Points) – Break Morale (1 Point)
Menhir’s Will (14 Points)
Overguard (12 Points)
Field Command (12 Points) – Squad Tactics (12 Points)
Menhir’s Bulwark (12 Points)
Shield Training (10 Points)
Scars of Battle (8 Points)
Markovian’s Advantage (1 Point)
Fighting Spirit (1 Point)
Military Conditioning (1 Point)
Veterancy (1 Point)
Decorated Soldier (1 Point)
Mastery Bar (15 Points)
Reaping Strike (10 Points)
Spectral Binding (12 Points) – Spectral Wrath (10 Points)
Spear of the Heavens
Tree of Life
1 Point in Empty Throne (15% Reduced Stun Duration)
Weapon: Edge of Sanity with Seal of Corruption component and Outcast’s Wrath augment.
Shield: Mythical Will of the Living with Seal of Blades component and Outcast’s Wrath augment.
Chest Armor: Krieg’s Chestguard with Titan Plating component and Venomguard Powder augment.
Helmet: Krieg’s Mask with Living Armor component and Coven Black Ash augment.
Shoulder: Krieg’s Shoulderguards with Living Armor component and Coven Black Ash augment.
Pants: Mythical Wraithborne Legwraps with Ancient Armor Plate component and Coven Black Ash augment.
Boots: Krieg’s Boots with Mark of Mogdrogen component and Coven Black Ash augment.
Belt: Mythical Tinker’s Ingenuity with Ugdenbog Leather component and Wendigo Lifescent Powder.
Amulet: Conduit of Warring Whispers with Dread Skull component and Forgefire augment.
Rings: Mythical Screams of the Aether and Mythical Band of the Eternal Haunt. Both rings have Runebound Topaz component and Forgefire augment.
Medal: Mythical Mark of the Dreadblade with Dread Skull component.
Relic: Menhir’s Bastion.
Overall the combine equipment, components, and augments will provide you maximum resistance to all damage types.
Life Sapper Vitality Death Knight Build
This build is basically equipped with multiple sources of attack damage converted to health. Meaning, its ability to survive is not only based on its toughness but also on hitting enemies.
You will rarely use health potions with this build.
Physique – 55 Points
Cunning – 20 Points
Spirit – 30 Points
Mastery bar (50 points)
Bone Harvest (16 points) – Dread (12 points) – Soul Harvest (12 points)
Spectral Binding (12 points) – Spectral Wrath (10 points)
Harbinger of Souls (12 points)
Siphon Soul (12 points)
Reaping Strike (10 points)
Mark of Torment (8 points)
Mastery Bar (32 points)
Blitz (1 point)
Field Command (12 points) – Squad Tactics (12 points)
Menhir’s Will (3 points)
Overguard (12 points)
Shield Training (10 points)
Decorated Soldier (8 points)
Typhos, the Jailer of Souls
Rattosh, the Veilwarden
Weapon: Mythical Soulbearer with Seal of Blight component and Ravager’s Harvest augment.
Shield: Mythical Meat Shield with Seal of Blades component and Ravager’s Harvest augment.
Chest Armor: Mythical Dread Armor of Azragor with Titan Plating component and Malmouth Soulguard Powder augment.
Helmet: Ravager’s Dreadgaze with Titan Plating component and Malmouth Soulguard Powder augment.
Shoulder: Mythical Dread Knight’s Guard with Living Armor component and Malmouth Soulguard Powder augment.
Gloves: Mythical Touch of the Everliving Glove with Ugdenbog Leather component and Kingsguard Powder augment.
Boots: Mythical Boneshatter Treads with Mark of Mogdrogen component and Malmouth Soulguard Powder augment.
Belt: Mythical Boneweave Girdle with Ugdenbog Leather component and Mankind’s Vigil augment.
Amulet: Reaver’s Hunger with Dread Skull component and Wraith’s Scream augment.
Rings: Mythical Signet of the Fallen and Mythical Lifegiver Signet. Both rings have Runebound Topaz component and Wraith’s Scream augment.
Medal: Mythical Undying Oath with Dread Skull component.
Relic: Uroboruuk’s Reaping.
Two-handed weapon Vitality Death Knight Build
An alternative build to Life Sapper Vitality Death Knight. This build sacrifice some toughness to deal more damage.
There are only few changes that you need to do from its original build reference. Below are the list:
- Remove soldier skill Overguard and Shield training since you won’t be using shield. Assign the skill points to Menhir’s Will (13 points) of soldier, then to necromancer’s Necrotic Edge (12 points) and Harvester of Death (1 point).
- When it comes to items, change your weapon to Mythical Death’s Reach with Seal of Blight component and Potent Ravager’s Harvest augment. Since you cannot block anymore, remove Mythical Dread Knight’s Guard and Mythical Dread Knight’s Legplates. Replace them with Mythical Lifeblaze Mantle on shoulder and Mythical Wendigomane Leggings on pants. Use the same components and augments for the those items.
Have fun with your epic and powerful Death Knight.
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